Are teams figuring out the new NHL

Looking at the scores from Saturday through tonight, one has to begin wondering if teams are starting to figure out the new NHL and the new rules. From Saturday through Monday there have been 18 games which produced 4 teams being shutout and another 8 being held to just 1 goal and another 7 being held to just 2 goals. Over those 18 games the goals per game average was 4.89, below the 5.06 goals per game in the same 18 games in 2003-04. It is too early to say this reduced scoring is going to stick but we shall

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Game Predictions 10/17/2005

I missed posting yesterday’s game predictions but all were considered pick-ems except for LA over Columbus which was a strong bet and the Kings did in fact win. Here are todays game predictions. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Rangers Florida Pick N/A Detroit San Jose Detroit Strong Calgary Phoenix Calgary Some

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Game Predictions 10/15/2005

Predictions for tonights games. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Montreal Toronto Montreal Strong Ottawa Boston Ottawa Strong NY Rangers Atlanta NY Rangers Some Philadelphia NY Islanders NY Islanders Some New Jersey Carolina New Jersey Some Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Strong Florida Buffalo Buffalo Some St. Louis Nashville Nashville Strong Calgary Edmonton Edmonton Some Phoenix Detroit Detroit Good San Jose Chicago San Jose Good

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Weekly Top 10 – Best Goalies

Every week I am going to post a Top 10 list of some sort. This week it is the NHL’s top 10 goalies. Martin Brodeur – It is hard to argue against this guy. He’s accomplished pretty much everything in his career and at age 33 he still has a lot of hockey ahead of him. He has led New Jersey to 3 Stanley Cups, and Team Canada to Olympic gold and finally got his Vezina trophy in the last NHL season. Brodeur is simply the best. Roberto Luongo – Luongo is setting himself to be the next great NHL

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Game Predictions 10/14/2004

Ok, got back on track last night going 4-2 which is right on the 65-70% success rate I am hoping to achieve. Here are tonights game predictions. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Philadelphia Pittsburgh Philadelphia Good Atlanta Toronto Pick N/A Minnesota Vancouver Vancouver Some Colorado Chicago Colorado Strong Edmonton Dallas Edmonton Good Anaheim Columbus Anaheim Strong

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Game Predictions 10/13/2005

I new it would happen. I first day I post predictions things go bad and I go 1 for 4. Hopefully I had enough disclaimers, especially about it being very early in the season to make predictions. In any event, we move on to tonights predictions. If things don’t go well tonight I am going to pause posting any more predictions until more games have been played and predictions are (hopefully) more reliable. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Rangers New Jersey NY Rangers Some Washington NY Islanders NY Islanders Some Florida Boston Florida Good Tampa Bay Buffalo

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Game Predictions 10/12/2005

This morning saw the debut of the HockeyAnalysis.com Power Rankings and this afternoon I debut the second HockeyAnalysis.com feature. Game predictions. I was reluctant to debut this so early in the season because these game predictions are determined mathematically based on what teams have done up to this point in the season and since the season is only a week old the predictions may be unreliable. But over the past 2 days my picks in which I had good confidence in have gone 6-2 so maybe it isn’t too early. We’ll see what happens now that I make my picks

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Power Rankings – October 12, 2005

Here is the first edition of the HockeyAnalysis.com NHL Power Rankings. Unlike other power rankings that you see on both mainstream media and hockey fan websites this version of power rankings is 100% non-biased. I have developed a formula to rank teams based on each teams won-loss record, toughness (or weakness) of schedule, as well as a few other factors. Since the season is still quite young there are a few strange ranking showing up but mostly the rankings seem pretty good. One example of this is New Jersey. With a 2-1 record you might think they should be ranked

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Home/Road game strategies

This is my first, of hopefully many, article involving more in depth statistical analysis. I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts on it and what sort of things they would find interesting to look at. I am working on devising a statistical method to accurately predict which team will win an upcoming game as well as a Power Rankings formula, both of which I hope to unveil in a few weeks time. As part of those projects I have tried to identify what teams win games. Do defensive minded teams win, or do offensive minded teams win. To do this I

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Devils vs. Penguins

The season started with a bang in New Jersey last night. Sidney Crosby got his first taste of NHL action, the new look Pittsburgh offense made it’s debut, and New Jersey’s new defense was showcased as well. Here’s what I thought of the game: Pittsburgh: This team can put some pressure on the net! The first half of the first period was spent on the Pittsburgh powerplay, and the puck rarely came out of the zone. Mario was his usual patient, all-seeing, brilliant self. Sidney, in his first NHL game, was surprisingly composed and alert. If any other goaltender in

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